A gorgeous chain of 700 islands strewn across 250,000 square kilometers of sparkling turquoise water, The Bahamas has a rich history full of interesting characters.
Originally inhabited by the Lucayan Indians, our island of San Salvador was the location of Christopher Columbus’ first landfall in the New World in 1492. Other residents have included English settlers looking for religious freedom, pirates, bootleggers (during the American Prohibition), and now, those simply looking for a slower pace of life.
Lying just southeast of Florida, our country is easily accessible, but has only 30 inhabited islands. The official language is English, and we have a literacy rate estimated at over 95%. A recent census put the population over 350,000 with approximately 250,000 of those residing on the island of New Providence, which holds the capital city of Nassau.
The Bahamas is both a tourist and offshore banking destination which is due largely to the fact that since its independence from the United Kingdom on 10 July, 1973, the Bahamas has had a relatively stable government. We remain a Commonwealth realm, which means the Chief of State is Queen Elizabeth II, represented in the Bahamas by the Governor General Dame Marguaerite Pindling. However, as a Constitutional Parliamentary Democracy, we also have a Prime Minister, Mr. Perry Christie, as well as a Cabinet.
Entry requirements vary depending upon your residency status and citizenship. Visit http://www.bahamas.com/vacation-planning/entry-requirements for more information.
To reach our beautiful chain of islands, you can fly on commercial or private plane, cruise ferry, cruise ship, or private boat. For more detail, visit http://www.bahamas.com/vacation-planning/getting-here.
The commute to and from work can “wow” even the locals, as a drive along the coastal road to St Andrew’s gives you views of a sparkling harbour, nearby islands, and wide expanses of crystalline sea. Don’t believe us? Here’s a glimpse!
Feel like a trip to the beach in your downtime? Take a drive over the bridge to Paradise Island and try Cabbage Beach where world-class resorts line the shore. Want some alone time? A 20-minute boat ride brings you to Rose Island, with no full-time residents and long stretches of white sand! Once you have received a job offer, we are more than happy to give you advice about buying or renting a home in Nassau. To get a better idea on rental rates, housing costs, and the general state of the local real estate market, we suggest you visit the websites of some of our local realtors. We recommend you find a reputable realtor through the local real estate association BREA.
Find a realtor here: http://www.bahamasrealestateassociation.com/realtor.php
St Andrew’s International School is an independent, co-educational and non-denominational day school with an enrollment of approximately 600 students from preschool to Grade 12.
The school is located on a 35 acre campus on the outskirts of Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas with a population of over 350,000 and offers an inclusive educational programme with excellent facilities and a wide range of extracurricular and summer programmes.
The school motto “Ethics and Excellence” supports a rigorous academic programme that has been a focus of the school since its inception in 1948. The school pledges to strive for educational excellence with a focus on learning. Our school has a low student teacher ratio and a curriculum designed to meet the needs of all learners, including the requirements for university admissions, nationally and internationally. The majority of graduates pursue post secondary study in the United States, Canada and the UK.
St Andrew’s International School has a diverse mixture of different cultures and nationalities, comprising 35% international and 65% Bahamian students. Our school is inclusive of all learners and supported by an excellent School Within a School programme.
Our faculty are fully qualified, most holding advanced degrees. Many have previous international school experiences and bring a wide range of professional expertise to the school. All faculty are contributors to our CAS and extracurricular programmes and are committed to meeting the learning needs of all students.
It was the first school in the Bahamas to be accredited to the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organisation.
We offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) from PK1 to Grade 5. Our Middle Years Diploma (MYD) Programme at St Andrew’s International School is based on the unique needs and characteristics of the young adolescent learner and is offered to students in Grade 6 to Grade 10. The (MYD) follows a wide variety of academic courses which lead to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations at the end of Grade 10. In Grade 11 and 12, students follow academic courses for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or the St Andrew’s Alternative Pathway Programme.
We can’t wait to hear from you!
We use a number of different national and international agencies and organisations to advertise vacancies. These include using the Bahamian press (The Nassau Guardian and The Tribune), The Times Educational Supplement (TES), Search Associates (Search), and the Council of International Schools (CIS). We also attend the CIS and Search Fairs in London in January as necessary.
Candidates wishing to apply for a post must submit a Letter of Application, a CV, and a recent photo to the Principal, Rob Stitch at: Robert.Stitch@st-andrews.com. Failure to provide all the information requested may result in your application not being considered.
Although we do our best to respond to each submission, due to the large number of applications, it can be difficult for us to reply in an expedient fashion. We ask that you bear with us during this process. If however, you have not heard from us within six weeks, it is unlikely that your application has been successful.